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September Wine Club

12 September 2013 4:00 am

The magazine The Drinks Business recently published a list of the ten most annoying descriptions of wine. I agree with…

Proud to have been nominated as one of the Independent’s top 10 wine clubs!

6 September 2013 9:36 am

The Independent selected their top 10 best wine clubs and this is what they had to say about The Spectator:…

August Mini-Bar

29 August 2013 9:00 am

Four wines, four different countries, four different grapes. All these come from Adnams of Southwold, the -admirable brewers, who also…

August Wine Club

17 August 2013 9:00 am

This month we have the first full offer from Swig, the adventurous young merchants from west London. You wouldn’t go…

August Mini-Bar

1 August 2013 9:00 am

Mark Cronshaw at The Wine Company of Colchester has helped me assemble half a dozen luscious wines. They are pricier…

July Wine Club

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Recent American research shows, as if we didn’t know, that wine tasting is unreliable and scatter-brained. Wines that taste feeble…

July Mini-Bar

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Gordon Ramsay is a terrible fraud. Friends of ours lived near him, and one Christmas their little boy made mince…

A complete and utter fraud

3 July 2013 4:58 pm

In a perfect world, Kevin Rudd would not be campaigning for election but visiting an analyst. Therapy is the treatment…

June Wine Club

22 June 2013 9:00 am

The other day I was chatting to Mimi Avery, of the famous Bristol wine importing firm. She said that she…

June mini-bar

6 June 2013 9:00 am

I was lucky enough to attend the 650th anniversary dinner for the Vintners’ Company last month. Some of the greatest…

May Wine Club

25 May 2013 9:00 am

Corney & Barrow are proud to have the royal warrant, meaning that they provide the Palace with some of the…

May Mini-bar

8 May 2013 3:00 pm

The prices of the top Bordeaux reds are down this year, though you can still pay hundreds of pounds a…

April Wine Club

25 April 2013 9:00 am

I have been enjoying Growing Up in Restaurants by James Pembroke (Quartet), which is largely autobiographical, but also covers the history…

April Mini-bar

11 April 2013 9:00 am

These are some of the most luscious wines I’ve ever offered to readers. They are all Spanish, from The Haciendas…

March Wine Bar

27 March 2013 9:00 am

The other day I had one of those awkward moments. We were guests at dinner. ‘You’re a wine writer!’ said…

Leveson: Don’t let the state frighten you

26 March 2013 2:10 pm

  If David Cameron had any sense, he would stand up in the Commons and say “I am withdrawing the…

March Mini-bar

14 March 2013 9:00 am

Adam Brett-Smith of Corney & Barrow says this offer contains two of the least expensive fine wines in the world.…

March Wine Club

28 February 2013 9:00 am

An excellent selection of European wines this week from Private Cellar, the first-rate East Anglian merchants who sell loads of…

February Mini-bar

21 February 2013 9:00 am

The annual offer of Château Musar is here, and The Wine Company of  Colchester has again given us some very…

February Mini-bar

13 February 2013 2:46 pm

Around twice a year, I visit the Swig world HQ (an office in Chiswick, west London) and taste some of…

February Wine Club

31 January 2013 9:00 am

Our new offer comes — this always sounds like a misprint — from  FromVineyardsDirect, the terrifically popular wine merchants which…

January Mini-bar

17 January 2013 9:00 am

Some people think that Southwold, that tranquil seaside town in Suffolk, is hopelessly middle class. So what? I love it.…

January Wine Club

5 January 2013 9:00 am

I’ve always been baffled by the French attitude to wine. Either they drink too much or too little. When I…

Radio daze

15 December 2012 9:00 am

There are larger issues at stake here than punishing a silly prank

December Wine Club

8 December 2012 9:00 am

A question I’m often asked is -whether a particular wine is ‘worth it’. The answer, generally, is ‘no’ if the…